The Black List 2019


The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2019 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year.

It has been said many times, but it’s worth repeating:

The Black List is not a “best of “ list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.

29 Votes

MOVE ON by Ken Kobayashi
Teddy thinks he’s the only living person left in a world where humanity is frozen in time… until his ex-girlfriend, Leyna, shows up at his doorstep. Together, they must go on a journey to find the cause behind the freeze and in the process, confront the issues that plagued their relationship before it’s too late.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Charles Ferraro, Jordan Lonner, Olivia Fanaro
Management: Gotham Group
Managers: Max Goldfarb, Peter Mchugh
Studio: Sony
Production Company: Olive Bridge

20 Votes

FIELD OF VIEW by Julian Silver & Reiss Clauson-Wolf
A soldier, forced to relive her worst day in combat, begins to question her sanity when the VR simulation she’s experiencing doesn’t match her memory of the mission gone wrong.
Management: Fourth Wall Management
Managers: Russell Hollander
Production Company: Votiv

19 Votes

DON’T WORRY DARLING by Cary Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke
A psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath.
Management: Kaplan / Perrone Entertainment
Managers: Aaron Kaplan, Josh Goldenberg
Studio: New Line Cinema
Production Company: Vertigo Entertainment

16 Votes

CICADA by Lillian Yu
When a talented hacker is recruited by the mysterious Cicada 3301, she gets wrapped up in a plot that threatens to destroy the entire world. Based on the real organization.
Management: Management 360
Managers: Cliff Murray, Daniel Rappaport

THE TRAVELER by Austin Everett
A man jumps forward in time at the same time every morning. As the length of time increases for every jump, he struggles to keep his family together and find a cure, all as his secret spreads throughout the world. Based on the novel by Joseph Eckert.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Kyle Jensen, Parker Davis
Management: Writ Large
Managers: Matt Dartnell
Studio: MGM Studios

Actor Nicolas Cage, spiraling and trapped in debt, makes an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire. While there, he learns that the billionaire runs a drug cartel, and the CIA recruits Cage for intelligence.
Management: 3 Arts Entertainment
Managers: Oly Obst
Studio: Lionsgate
Production Company: Saturn Films

RUMOURS by Patrick Eme & Tyler Austin
In 1970s LA, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, two struggling musicians and lovers, join a band called Fleetwood Mac and are thrown into a whirlwind of worldwide fame, infamous drug addiction, and one of the best-selling albums of all time — which also happens to be about the disintegration of their relationship.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Parker Davis, Sara Nestor
Management: Bellevue Productions
Managers: John Zaozirny
Production Company: Bellevue Productions

14 Votes

To revamp her self image, an arrogant but well-meaning high school socialite decides to help a former friend land the guy of her dreams… but in the process, realizes she wants her for herself.
Management: Stride Management
Managers: Josh Dove
Production Company: Pacific Electric Picture Company

SHUT IN by Melanie Toast
A single mother is held captive by her violent ex, and her two young children are left at risk. She must do everything to protect them and survive.
Agency: United Talent Agency
Agents: Carolyn Sivitz, Charles Ferraro, Jordan Lonner
Management: Farah Films & Management
Managers: Dan Farah
Studio: New Line
Production Company: Cinestate, Farah Films, Vertigo Entertainment

13 Votes

THE BROKER by Justin Piasecki
A fixer who brokers off-the-books exchanges for powerful corporate clients finds himself being hunted after he’s hired to protect a whistleblower and the evidence she’s uncovered.
Management: Zero Gravity Management
Managers: Jeff Belkin
Production Company: Thunder Road

POD by Nabil Chowdary
After a mission to destroy a black hole that endangers mankind goes wrong, an astronaut awakens in her escape pod to find that decades have passed seemingly in a moment. Now, with an old body and fragile mind, she battles against the elements of space & time to complete her mission.
Agency: Verve
Agents: David Boxerbaum, Sara Nestor
Management: Writ Large
Managers: Bash Naran

WAYWARD by Andrew Zilch
The wife of a megachurch pastor seeks atonement after she and her lover kill an attacker in self-defense, but don’t report it out of fear of exposing their affair.
Management: Bellevue Productions
Managers: Jeff Portnoy, John Zaozirny

12 Votes

GRANDMA WANTS TO DIE by Patrick Cadigan
When Ben is left footing the bill for his own wedding just weeks before the big day, he’s forced to make a deal with his estranged grandmother Minnie. She’ll give him the money if he signs the papers for her assisted suicide. Ben gladly agrees, only to unearth Minnie’s final agenda before she departs… destroy the wedding from the inside and seemingly ruin Ben’s life.
Production Company: Automatik | Arash Amel

I HEART MURDER by Tom O’Donnell
A true-crime podcaster tries to solve a gruesome cold case, putting her in the killer’s crosshairs.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Nicky Mohebbi
Management: Circle Of Confusion
Managers: Zach Cox
Studio: Sony
Production Company: Red Wagon Entertainment

11 Votes

8-BIT CHRISTMAS by Kevin Jakubowski
Ten-year-old Jake Doyles goes on a herculean quest to get the Christmas gift of his generation – a Nintendo Entertainment System – in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s.
Management: Kaplan / Perrone Entertainment
Managers: Josh Goldenberg
Production Company: Star Thrower Entertainment | Nick Nantell & Jonathan Sadowski

10 Votes

BLACK MITZVAH by Lauren Tyler
After embarrassing herself at the most popular girl’s party, a black and Jewish middle school misfit embarks on a journey to glow up and throw the best Bat Mitzvah of all time.
Management: Echo Lake Entertainment
Managers: Zadoc Angell, Chelsea Benson, Matt Horwitz

With one last chance at a promotion, a down-on-her-luck real estate agent returns to her rural hometown to sell the impossible – a haunted house where countless couples have been murdered. As the bodies of new residents continue to pile up, our real estate agent will stop at nothing to rid the house of evil – no matter what the cost.
Agency: Creative Artists Agency
Agents: Bryant Barile, Stevee Jo Eads
Management: Grandview
Managers: Faisal Kanaan
Production Company: Di Bonaventura Productions

KLEIN by Derek Elliott
Life as a single dad hasn’t been a challenge for Las Vegas blackjack dealer Mike Klein, until his ex resurfaces after walking out on the family six years ago.
Management: RISE
Manager: Justin Letter

THE MENU by Seth Reiss & Will Tracy
A young couple visits an exclusive destination restaurant on a remote island where the acclaimed chef has prepared a lavish tasting menu, along with some shocking surprises.
Management: Brillstein Entertainment Partners (Reiss)
Managers: Brad Petrigala, Tim Sarkes (Reiss)

THE PROCESS by Levin Menekse
Trapped at a three day personal development retreat, a woman fights to save her husband and herself from being brainwashed by a charismatic self-help guru.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Jenna Block, Pamela Goldstein, Parker Davis, Ross Putnam
Management: Lit Entertainment Group
Managers: Kendrick Tan
Production Company: Pioneer Pictures | Julia Hansson

REFUGE by Debra Moore Munoz
A brother and sister navigate the perils of both man and nature through Central America in their quest to find safety in the United States.
Management: Grandview
Managers: Laura Leonard, Matt Rosen

RIPPLE by Ezra Herz
After strange deaths and suicides skyrocket in a dying Appalachian coal town, Maggie – a first responder – wages a personal war against the local coal mine, unearthing a disturbing past that the company has kept secret within the waters of the local lake.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Bryant Barile
Management: Grandview
Managers: Faisal Kanaan
Production Company: Automatik

THEY CLONED TYRONE by Juel Taylor & Tony Rettenmaie
An unlikely group is thrown together by mysterious events that leads them to uncover a government conspiracy.
Management: Gotham Group
Managers: Max Goldfarb, Eric Robinson, Peter Mchugh
Studio: Netflix
Production Company: Macro

9 Votes

BREATHE by Doug Simon
In the near future when air-supply is scarce, a mother and daughter fight for survival when two strangers arrive desperate for an oxygenized safe haven.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Melissa Fried, Parker Davis
Management: Writ Large
Managers: Michael Claassen, Noah Rosen
Production Company: Thunder Road

DOLLHOUSE by Michael Paisley
When a struggling fashion model in New York City gets chosen by a mysterious Parisian designer to be the face of his first campaign since his disappearance five years prior, she begins to realize she was chosen for a reason and must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for beauty and recognition.
Agency: Creative Artists Agency
Agents: Bryant Barile
Management: MXN Entertainment
Managers: Tracy Kopulsky
Studio: STX Entertainment

HELLDIVER by Ben Imperato
After finding themselves stranded on the wreckage of a Helldiver bomber in the middle of the ocean, an American aviator and a Japanese Kamikaze pilot must work together to survive their greatest threat yet — a 22-foot great white shark.
Agents: Mark Hartogsohn, Lee Keele
Management: Housefire Management
Managers: Jon Hersh
Production Company: Straight Up Films

HIGH ON CHRISTMAS by Dreux Moreland & Hannah Mescon
A stoner comedy about one family trying to save Christmas from itself after Santa eats the wrong batch of cookies.
Management: Anonymous Content
Managers: Amar Hansen, Charlie Scully, Jacob Perlin
Production Company: Valparaiso

THE LABORER by Jared Anderson
A pair of out-of-work immigrant brothers catch a break when they are hired as day laborers to work at a house in the Hollywood Hills, until they witness something they will wish they had never seen.
Management: Grandview
Managers: Tiffani Hiler, Zac Frognowski

After she catches her boyfriend cheating, Liv goes on a social media tirade that lands her in court for slander, and the judge forces her to make amends by composing one positive comment for every negative comment she posted, while under the supervision of a reclusive mediator also on the rebound from a failed relationship. Inspired by true events.
Management: Fourth Wall Management
Managers: Sydney Blanke
Production Company: Stampede Ventures

8 Votes

A romantic comedy about an outgoing President, an incoming Prime Minister, and their second shot at love.
Management: Heroes And Villains Entertainment
Managers: Aaron Lipsett
Production Company: Star Thrower Entertainment

AN AFTERMATH by Lauren Caris Cohan
After a whirlwind lost-distance online romance, a once-cynical writer inherits a remote smart-house from her newly deceased new husband and discovers he might not be entirely gone after all.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Sue Carls
Management: Writ Large
Managers: Britton Rizzio, Courtney Conwell
Production Company: Solution Entertainment Group

APEX by Aja Gabel & MJ Wesner
When old college friends on a trip to Mexico get trapped in an underwater cave system with a bull shark, old tensions and power struggles resurface as they fight to survive.
Agency: Verve (Wesner), UTA (Gabel)
Agents: Michael Chung, Parker Davis (Wesner), Alyssa Lanz, Jasmine Lake (Gabel)
Management: Artists First (Wesner), Grandview (Gabel)
Managers: Evan Cavic (Wesner), Faisal Kanaan, Merideth Bajana (Gabel)

Fearing the devastating impact that his father’s presidency would have on his personal life, his country, and the world at large, ten-year-old Barron Trump sets out to sabotage his father’s 2016 campaign.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Bill Zotti, Charles Ferraro, Jordan Lonner, Riley Folsom
Management: Bellevue Productions
Managers: Jeff Portnoy

THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Michael Sherman & Steve Desmond
A gay couple and their adopted daughter have their cabin invaded by four strangers who take the family captive and tell them that, to prevent the upcoming apocalypse, one of them must be killed by the others.
Studio: Film Nation

When the underprivileged John Unger is invited to spend the summer at the mansion of his peculiar classmate, his thirst for grandeur leads him down a dangerous exploration of greed, morality, and the secret horrors of the ruling class. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Andrew Tsoules, Jiah Shin
Management: Mosaic
Managers: Aubrey Morgan

FIRST HARVEST by Kevin McMullin
George runs a struggling farm where he cares for his terminally ill wife, Alice. Everything changes when he decides to bring home an orphaned baby he found out in the field. The child’s presence begins to unearth buried secrets while engulfing the family in a series of supernatural events.
Agency: WME
Agents: Meyash Prabhu, Mike Fera, Roger Green
Management: Elia
Managers: Kevin Rowe
Production Company: Automatik, Scott Free

After Georgia accidentally receives an out of the blue invitation to her on-again, off-again boyfriend’s wedding, she and her best friend Keely make the ill-informed decision to attend.
Management: Magnolia Entertainment
Managers: Jared Ceizler
Producers: Star Thrower Entertainment

RESURRECTION by Andrew Semans
Margaret is a single mother living in New York with her teenage daughter. When David, a mysterious older man from Margaret’s past, begins appearing randomly in her environment, she becomes convinced that he intends to bring tremendous violence into their lives. So Margaret embarks on a vigilante mission to protect her daughter, and to disembowel David.
Management: Secret Engine
Managers: Alex Scharfman
Production Company: Square Peg

THE SEARCHERS by MacMillan Hedges
An inside look at the unique relationship between John Wayne and John Ford on the set of THE SEARCHERS.
Agency: Gersh
Agents: Bayard Mayank, Bob Hohman, Frank Wuliger
Production Company: Wink Pictures

SISTER by Azia Squire
Following her mother’s sudden passing, a queer black woman returns to her southern town to assist her estranged sister plan the funeral. Her trip takes a turn when sleep deprivation manifests visions of her deceased mother.
Agency: APA
Agents: Halle Mariner
Management: Writ Large
Managers: Courtney Conwell, Lauren Dineley

SUPER DAD by Sean Tidwell
A subversive superhero story about the world’s only superhero living a bachelor lifestyle, learning he has two very different teenage twins he never knew existed, and now has to figure out how to be a father.
Production Company: Five More Minutes Productions

THE SWELLS by Rachel James
A young woman, propelled by an unstoppable rage, begins inviting her victims to a summer lake house as revenge for past wrongs. But when one of her guests has been wronged as well, she passes on The Swells- bringing its wrath to the streets of New York.
Production Company and Financier: Assemble Media

7 Votes

BETTY FORD by Kas Graham & Rebecca Polack
An intimate portrait of the sensational First Lady and ERA champion, Betty Ford, as she challenges, scandalizes, dances and drinks her way through the White House to gain a higher popularity rating than any President in American history, all whilst maintaining a 26 pill-a-day drug habit.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Darian Lanzetta, Jon Cassir, Lauren Fox, Wilhemina Ross
Management: Kaplan / Perrone Entertainment
Managers: Aaron Kaplan, Josh Goldenberg
Studio: Netflix
Producer: Ryan Murphy

DOLL WARS by Matt Ritter
When the upstart Bratz dolls challenged Barbie’s antiquated gender norms and threatened their monopoly, Barbie struck back with a billion-dollar copyright lawsuit. In jeopardy of shutting down, Bratz turned to a small, scrappy, all-female law firm to take on Mattel in a historic, David vs. Goliath intellectual property battle that changed the toy industry and American popular culture forever. Based on a true story.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Ben Jacobson, Blair Kohan, Jordan Lonner
Management: Bellevue Productions
Managers: Jeff Portnoy
Production Company: Weimaraner Republic Pictures

DON’T GO IN THE WATER by Peter Gaffney
A recovering alcoholic sets off for seclusion but gets more than he bargained for when he encounters a mysterious creature nearby.
Agency: Verve
Agents: David Boxerbaum, Parker Davis
Management: Old Soul Entertainment
Managers: Adam Rodin
Studio: Universal
Production Company: 21 Laps Entertainment, Lit Entertainment Group

FIRST ASCENT by Colin Bannon
Two years after a free solo accident nearly kills Hillary Hall, she enlists the help of her old climbing partners to document her comeback — the first ascent of 4,000 foot rock wall in rural China. During the harrowing climb, Hillary struggles with her inner demons and supernatural forces, as it slowly becomes clear that this mountain does not want to be conquered.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Adam Levine, Parker Davis
Management: Hopscotch Pictures
Managers: Sukee Chew

THE MAN IN THE WOODS by Danny Jacobs & Darren Grodsky
After moving to Maine and befriending an enigmatic hermit, twelve-year-old Henrietta Thorne begins to wonder if he holds the key to solving a mystery that has eluded our planet for more than a decade.
Agency: Buchwald
Agents: Gordon Macdonald
Management: Kaplan / Perrone Entertainment
Managers: Alex Lerner
Production Company: Star Thrower Entertainment

The Perdition in Liege by Henry Dunham
A prisoner of war in a Belgian POW camp undergoing abandonment survives an execution firing squad by chance and escapes by hiding among the dead. After removing his fallen compatriot’s dog tags to get home and give their families solace, he attempts the fifty-mile journey south toward the allied stronghold, through the deadly war-torn landscape, and before a hell-bent SS officer on his tail catches up to him.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Charles Ferraro, Emerson Davis, Mikey Schwartz-wright
Management: Anonymous Content
Managers: Ryan Cunningham
Studio: Film Nation
Production Company: Thunder Road

Twenty years after a failed exorcism, a meek young woman becomes unlikely friends with the foul-mouthed demon that possessed her as a child.
Management: Management 360
Managers: Cliff Murray
Studio: A24
Production Company: Bad Robot

10-31 by Ian Shorr & Peter Gamble
A young woman takes her niece and nephew trick-or-treating and discovers a note inside a candy wrapper that says there’s a killer loose on her block.
Management: Bellevue Productions
Managers: John Zaozirny
Studio: Orion
Production Company: The Arts District, Bellevue Productions

6 Votes

APEX by Stephen Vitale
A mysterious loner heads to Muscle Beach in 1985 to pursue a career as a competitive bodybuilder. Struggling to transform his physique, he unleashes a darker side of himself as he descends into madness.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Jay Baker
Management: Free Will
Managers: Adam Blum
Studio: Wild Bunch
Production Company: Wild Bunch | Adam Blum, Anthony Katagas

A thief finds sanctuary in a retirement home after going on the run.
Management: Underground
Managers: Trevor Engelson
Studio: Paramount
Production Company: Made With Love, Temple Hill Entertainment

ATLANTA ON FIRE by Adam Morrison
The true story of Leo Frank, a young, Jewish businessman who, due to widespread anti-Semitism/the KKK in the post Civil War South, was wrongfully accused, tried, and convicted of murdering a 13-year-old factory worker, Mary Phagan.
Management: Grandview
Managers: Jeremy Platt

BLUE SLIDE PARK by Kyle Anderson & Michael Vlamis
After his first album topped the Billboard Charts, life was never the same for Malcolm McCormick aka Mac Miller. This is his story of music, love, success, family, and addiction. Based on the forthcoming manuscript UNT. MAC MILLER BIOGRAPHY written by Paul Cantor for Abrams Press.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Ryan Abboushi (Both)
Management: Grandview (Vlamis), Writ Large (Anderson)
Managers: Faisal Kanaan, Will Douglas (Vlamis), Bash Naran (Writ Large)

CAN YOU TELL ME HOW? by Gregory Bonsignore
Alarmed by the disproportionate dropout rates amongst children of the working class, a young female TV producer finds a way to teach them their ABCs and 123s. With the help of genius puppeteer Jim Henson and a diverse team of dedicated researchers and educators, they brought us the groundbreaking show, Sesame Street.
Management: Equitable Mgmt
Managers: Neda Niroumand, Varun Monga

GIRLFRIEND ON MARS by Kaitlin Fontana
Amber and Kevin, weed dealer burnouts committed to going nowhere together, have been dating for twelve years. When Amber enters a reality show that will take the winner to Mars with no chance of return, Kevin has to face what it really means when the ones we love leave us and leave the planet. Based on the story by Deborah Willis.
Management: Imagine Artist Management
Managers: Christina Campagnola, Kara Welker

MEET CUTE by Chris Powers & Dan Powers
‘Meet Cute’ the hottest dating app on the market, brings couples together by giving them their Rom Com moment. When the app’s biggest skeptic, Haley, matches with one of its developers, Russ, their instant connection starts to change her mind.
Management: Grandview
Managers: Adam Klein, Zac Frognowski

THE MOTHER by Michael Notarile
The incredible true story of Fredericka Marm Mandelbaum, who was the countrys first female mob boss. During the Gilded Age, Marm opened a school for criminals, and built her empire by treating her gang of runaways and orphans as family — eventually partnering with George Leslie to pull off what is still to date the largest bank heist in American history (adjusting for inflation).
Management: Circle Of Confusion
Managers: Julian Rosenberg

NO GOOD DEED by Christina Pamies
A woman with a troubled past invites her teen niece to live with her in the family’s farm house, but the two become tormented by a creature that can take away their pain for a price.
Agency: Verve
Agents: David Boxerbaum, Michael Chung, Nicky Mohebbi
Management: Alibi
Managers: Jake Wagner
Production Company: Good Deed Entertainment

NOMADS by Esteban Orozco
A reverse SEARCHERS from the perspective of the Natives going East into the unknown, the metropolis, the belly of the beast, late 1800s New York City.
Agency: Paradigm
Agents: Gabriel Mena
Management: Equitable Mgmt
Managers: Varun Monga

THE SHOWRUNNER by Cosmo Carlson
The unbelievable true story of the creation of the worlds first, longest running, and most notorious reality show “COPS.” Based on “How ‘Cops’ Got Made — And What It Says About America” by Tim Stelloh.
Agency: WME
Agents: Lindsay Aubin, Meyash Prabhu, Simon Faber
Management: Lighthouse Management + Media
Managers: Jacob Epstein
Production Company: Khalabo Ink Society

STAMPEDE by Sontenish Myers
A young slave girl named Lena has telekinetic powers she cannot yet control on a plantation in the 1800s.
Agency: Paradigm
Agents: Melisa Baloglu, Natalia Williams

T by Eric Gross
The true story of how Lawrence Tureaud, a poor kid in Chicago with 12 brothers and sisters, fought and charmed his way into becoming the single lettered icon of saintly compassion and macho energy.
Agency: Verve
Agents: David Boxerbaum, Parker Davis
Management: Lit Entertainment Group
Managers: Adam Kolbrenner, Kendrick Tan
Studio: Lionsgate
Production Company: Mandeville

An absent mother attempts to reconnect with her daughter by relaying to her how she helped her own parent through battles with cancer and addiction.
Management: Kaplan / Perrone Entertainment
Managers: Aaron Kaplan, Josh Goldenberg

TIL’ DEATH by Jessica Knoll
Swept up in the excitement of her wedding day, Dr. Julie Wheeler is oblivious to the killer on her guest list, who is methodically stalking her nearest and dearest, until its too late.
Studio: Amazon
Production Company: Luckychap

A low-level TV writer struggles to cope with the death of her little sister by continuing to leave her voicemails chronicling the shitshow that is dating in LA. When the phone number is unknowingly transferred, a cocky New York real estate agent begins receiving the hilarious and confessional voicemails, and feels pulled to California to find this stranger he feels intimately close to.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Allison Hahn, Amanda Hymson, Lily Safran
Management: Mazo Partners
Managers: David Clark
Studio: Sony
Production Company: Escape Artists